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  • OPINION

    Muslim sweep a disgrace

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/09/2019

    » In the wake of a series of bomb incidents in Bangkok and Nonthaburi last month that were blamed on Muslim suspects, the police have come up with a new "intelligence" mission that appears to constitute both outright discrimination and pure prejudice against a minority group of Thai youth.

  • OPINION

    Still in dark over oath

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/09/2019

    » The single most crucial matter that should have come out of Wednesday's parliamentary debate on the prime minister's oath blunder is simple -- Gen Prayut's assurance that he and his government will abide by the constitution. That can put any wild speculation about a possible putsch and anxiety about prolonged political uncertainty to rest.

  • OPINION

    Killing the golden goose

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/09/2019

    » It's evident that the tourism authorities have woken up to the slowdown in arrivals, a key source of income for the country, and have intensified efforts to improve the situation.

  • OPINION

    PM's flood of anger

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/09/2019

    » As people in Ubon Ratchathani and other flood-ravaged provinces in the Northeast suffer and grieve, the least they can expect from the prime minister is sensitivity to their plight. They should also be able to anticipate adequate emergency relief measures from his administration.

  • OPINION

    Tiger deaths covered up?

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/09/2019

    » The country has been shocked by news of the high death toll among tigers in the care of the Wildlife Conservation Department at two state-owned sanctuaries in Ratchaburi.

  • OPINION

    Graft panel an oddity

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/09/2019

    » Last week, as the Senate rolled out an anti-corruption mission, its appointment of a panel to handle the task appeared to be somewhat of an anti-climax.

  • OPINION

    Land rights need to be addressed

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/09/2019

    » At a glance, it looks like a happy ending for villagers whose plight was highlighted during a demonstration staged by the land rights advocacy group People's Movement for a Just Society (P-Move). After the group demonstrated for four days, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government agreed to set up a national committee to tackle the issues, with several cases involving confrontations between the state and villagers charged with illegally occupying forest reserves.

  • OPINION

    No country for dissidents

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/09/2019

    » Despite some restrictions on freedom of expression, Thailand was once a place where government dissent was tolerated. It was seen as a safe haven for dissidents in the region, many of whom arrived seeking asylum in a third country under UN Human Rights Commission rules. Od Sayavong, a 34-year-old Lao political activist, was one of them. But that hope was extinguished when he went missing in Bangkok on Aug 26.

  • OPINION

    TM30 not fit for purpose

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/09/2019

    » In March, the Immigration Bureau resurrected the draconian regulation known as TM30 with the aim of keeping track of foreigners' whereabouts. It is legitimate to wonder whether any foreign criminals have disclosed their movements to authorities via the TM30 form.

  • OPINION

    Freaking out over art

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/09/2019

    » The Ultraman/Buddha controversy seems to be spreading as a group of people calling themselves Chao Buddha Palang Phaen Din, or the Force of Buddhism, filed charges against the student who painted Lord Buddha as the 1970s-era superhero.

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